Best Book Ever: Best Book You've Never Read

This week's topic comes to us via Coranne, who was curios about the best book you've never read. We've all got massive to-be-read piles, and they're sure to include books that everyone's RAVED about and you're sure to get to someday, eventually, once you clone yourself or add four more hours to each day. So I asked our contributors to share their secret haven't-read-it-yet shame with me, and the rest of the internet. Check out our selections and let us know what you think in the comments.

The best book I've never read is Veronica Roth's DIVERGENT. I know, I know. It's the best thing since Smarties and Pixie Sticks and Pop Rocks, but I'm holding out until the series is complete. Why? Because I hate cliffhangers and having to wait a year to find out what happens next. So I'm going to bide my time until Miss Roth wraps up the whole shebang, then I'll devour these books in one sitting.

Melissa Landers - Alienated (February 1, 2014; Disney Hyperion)

The best book I haven't yet read is Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo. I've heard so many great things about the rich world building. Can't wait to read it. It's high on my TBR list!

Lydia Kang - Control (December 19, 2013; Dial Books for Young Readers)

The best book I haven't read yet is A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. This is really embarrassing, because I've been lugging a copy of it from apartment to apartment for around thirteen years, ever since a friend recommended it in college. Even in mass market paperback, the book looks intimidating, so I just never got around to it, and despite the rave reviews, I'm always a bit hesitant to take on an epic fantasy — particularly when the series isn't finished yet. The HBO show is already into its third season, so I've been feeling the pressure even more lately (I don't want to watch it until I've read the book), but I figure I still have some time; I just tell people I'm waiting until Martin finishes the last book, and they nod knowingly.

E.C. Myers - Quantum Coin (October 23, 2012; Pyr) 

By now I really should have read MIDDLEMARCH: I love the themes it presents; it's my daughter's favorite novel; I am fond of stories set in the early- to mid-1800s; I adored the mini-series; I often crave long, languid novels as palate cleansers between plot-driven YA books; and I even included one line of homage to MIDDLEMARCH in MONSTROUS BEAUTY.* In short, this book was apparently written for me and yet I've never read it!

Elizabeth Fama - Monstrous Beauty (FSG, Sept. 2012) and Plus One (FSG, Jan. 2014)

My best book I never read belongs to a very popular series. Outlander is supposedly the best of fantasy and romance. There is time travel and a love story of epic proportions... but I just haven't read it yet (Oh that and Daughter of Smoke and Bone *runs and hides*)


My list of books I should read, but haven't yet, is pretty massive.  I keep looking lovingly at the shelves of books I've had for years and desperately want to read, including some others that are already on this list.  Right now, the first one that comes to mind is His Majesty's Dragon, and the rest of the Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik.  I've got the first three books and know that I'd love them, and have friends who have assured me of such, but just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

Go ahead and share your favorites in the comments!

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  1. I like this feature ! I think the best book I've never read is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.

    1. Thanks Kat! I haven't read that one either! I am a little afraid to- it sounds so depressing!

  2. I second The Fault in Our Stars and Game of Thrones (I'm watching the tv show though). Another supposedly awesome book I've never read is Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard.
    And read Divergent! It's not the best book I've read, but it's definitely worth reading. :)

    1. Gah I haven't read Wanderlove either (or TFiOS) ... I am so behind!

  3. *gasp* You haven't read Divergent yet!? It's one of the best books I've ever read. I just pre-order my copy of Shadow and Bone yesterday (paperback); it looks/sounds amazing!

    1. Oh man you are going to LOVE Shadow and Bone. Oh man.

  4. I read and loved both Divergent and Shadow and Bone. The best book I've never read is The Fault in Our Stars. I own a hardcover copy. I just haven't read it yet.

    1. It seems like a lot of our readers really need to read TFiOS! (Me too!)

  5. Divergent is one of my favourite books! I'd have to say the best book I've never read is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I've only heard wonderful things about it!

  6. Great post! I loved Divergent. :) The best book I've never read is Shadow and Bone also. And of course The Hunger Games. Can't wait to finally get to them this year!


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